A special agent and forensic scientist are recognized today for their efforts in a state-federal drug investigation that began in 2012.
It was named Operation Stolen Youth.
Two teenagers died and three were hospitalized after using unknown drugs in the Grand Forks area.
With the combined efforts of crime lab scientist Charlene Keller and Special Agent Steve Gilpin, the drug was identified as a rarehallucinogenn and investigators quickly arrested those involved.
"Thank you to the U.S. Attorney's Office for recognizing this and these controlled substances analogs have been an issue that we've been dealing with for a long time," says Charlene Keller, Forensic Scientist, State Crime Lab Division.
"Between all the local agencies, federal agencies, and state agencies in the North/Northwest, it's aphenomenall working area and everybody gets along and does what they have to do so thank you," says Steve Gilpin, Special Agent, ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says both Gilpin and Keller played a huge role in bringing down an organized drug ring and preventing future deaths.
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